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County board places 2019 budget on file

Grundy County Supervisor of Assessments Tom Hougas addresses the Grundy County board on Tuesday, Oct. 9. The board approved the appointment of five deputy assessors to Hougas' office.
Grundy County Supervisor of Assessments Tom Hougas addresses the Grundy County board on Tuesday, Oct. 9. The board approved the appointment of five deputy assessors to Hougas' office.

MORRIS – The full Grundy County Board on Tuesday placed on file the tentative budget for the fiscal year beginning Dec. 1.

The $39.5 million budget represents a 3.1 percent increase since the fiscal 2018 budget.

Grundy County Administrator George Gray told the board that one feature of this budget as opposed to when they passed the 2018 budget is that the county knows the amounts for salaries.

In 2017, there were four collective bargaining agreements open with county employees and it was unclear what their salaries would be.

“Now we’ve trued-up all the salaries ... they reflect actual wages,” Gray said.

Gray also pointed out other changes in the 2018 budget as they placed
the amended budget on file from large projects.

The county bought a $190,000 building in August and also approved the renovation of the old courtroom.

The board also approved the appointment of five deputy assessors to serve with Supervisor of Assessments Tom Hougas.

Hougas said that in the past there had only been as many as two deputy assessors in the county and right now there were none.

Because many of the functions of the office require particular certification, Hougas said, he’s been the only person capable of performing many of the functions in the office.

Assistant State’s Attorney Perry Rudman told the board that by state law, the deputies are tied to Hougas’ term in office and hold the position as long as Hougas is supervisor of assessments or they decide they no longer want to serve in the position.

The new deputy assessors are Beth Skoff, Amy Blading, Corrine Erickson, Deborah Ritke and Benita Schilling.

The board also approved:

• Placing on file new food regulations drafted in anticipation of state legislation aligning Illinois regulations to FDA regulations

• A 2 percent increase in compensation for non-union county employees

• Resolutions appointing James Sterba and Andy Biros as trustees of the Mazon Fire Protection District.

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